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Lafayette in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Dedicated to the Pony Express

 
 
Dedicated to the Pony Express Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 8, 2009
1. Dedicated to the Pony Express Marker
Inscription. In 1860-1861 Pony Express riders stopped in Lafayette 19 times to change horses en route to San Francisco from St. Joseph, Missouri

Lafayette Historical Society
1992

 
Erected 1992 by Lafayette Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 37° 53.51′ N, 122° 7.112′ W. Marker is in Lafayette, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Moraga Road and Mout Diablo Boulevard. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lafayette CA 94549, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lafayette House (within shouting distance of this marker); Geils Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Lafayette Town Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tres Ranchos Del Sur (approx. 2.7 miles away); St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Walnut Creek, California) (approx. 2.8 miles away); Oakland, Antioch & Eastern Railway (approx. 3.1 miles away); Civic Arts Theatre ("Nuthouse") (approx. 3.1 miles away); Walnut Growers; Processing Plant (approx. 3.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lafayette.
 
More about this marker.
Pony Express Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 8, 2009
2. Pony Express Plaque
Directly to the right of the marker is a Pony Express plaque.
The marker is mounted on a low rock wall within the pergola that runs along the Moraga Road just before it intersects Mount Diablo Boulevard.
 
Also see . . .  Lafayette Vistas. The City of Lafayette's Spring 1998 newsletter, Lafayette Vistas, "...The mail traveled by water between the last relay station in Sacramento and San Francisco, but on 20 occasions the Pony Express riders literally missed the boat. That helped put Lafayette on the map, since the riders then continued overland to the Benecia ferry and into Lafayette. After stopping for fresh horses at the Pony Express Station (located at what is now Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Moraga Road) the riders made their final push to the Oakland ferry and into San Francisco...." (Submitted on November 13, 2009.) 
 
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Dedicated to the Pony Express Marker and Pony Express Plaque from within the pergola image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 8, 2009
3. Dedicated to the Pony Express Marker and Pony Express Plaque from within the pergola
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,212 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   3. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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